How Do I Know If My Back Pain is Serious or Not?
Almost everyone will experience musculoskeletal pain at some point in their lives. It can vary from mild to severe. It can be short-lived or long-lasting. It can come on suddenly or have a slow onset. It can occur after a specific movement or as a result of natural aging. Whatever the case may be, musculoskeletal pain can make everyday life hard to live. In some cases it resolves on its own within a few weeks but for many others, everyday activities remain a struggle due to constant pain.
If you're suffering from neck or back pain and wondering where to start, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn how Stop Injury Now helps us ensure that you receive the right treatment to get you pain free and back on your feet as quickly as possible!
The Benefits of Triage Screening
Triage screening by the Stop Injury Now team eliminates the small possibility of serious injury. For example:
- Only 1-2% of patients with low back pain will have a serious disorder and require surgery.
- Only 5-10% of patients with low back pain warrant further investigation by way of imaging.
- 90% of patients present with nonspecific low back pain and do best long-term with specific education and, in some cases, intervention with a physical therapist.
To keep yourself pain free, it's important to seek treatment from your healthcare provider at the first sign of soreness!
How to Tell if You're In the 10%
Stop Injury Now uses the Örebro Screening Tool to identify how likely it is that your problem will turn into a long term issue. Once your likelihood of long term issues is identified, an appropriate treatment plan can be determined, ensuring that you're back to your favorite activities quickly, effectively, and with confidence you're on the right track.